January 25, 2022

Most recent shutdown leaves Waterloo Region tattoo artists frustrated

For the third time in just over a year, Tristan and Kim Everett have been forced to close up shop. The husband-and-wife pair run Iron Horse Tattoo in Waterloo and are just two of many tattoo artists in the region affected by the Ontario government’s shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AUDIO: Regional Police scrap new ‘diversity cruisers’ following backlash

The Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) has suspended their new campaign of “diversity cruisers” amid criticism. The campaign, which was meant to educate the community on local cultures and racial heritages, instead faced a petition to cancel the program and continued calls to end racial police violence.

VIDEO: Pandemic sparks youth entrepreneurship in Waterloo Region

According to Statistics Canada, nearly 17,000 new businesses opened in December. For three consecutive months, this figure has remained stronger than pre-COVID levels. Between 2015 and 2019, the monthly average was 15,725 new businesses created.

Renovacation: What people are doing instead of traveling

Torsten Huhse, a general residential contractor with Ostwall Contracting, says that the cause of these renovations could be that consumers notice how they could use space more practically. Spending time at home forces them to look at things they’ve always meant to fix, and now they finally have the time, Huhse said.

VIDEO: Waterloo Region exercises digital fitness amid pandemic

According to Comprar Acciones, an interactive educational platform based in Spain, the global consumer spend on health and fitness apps grew by nearly 50 per cent in 2020. Local behavioural changes and business strategies, prove this global trend to be present in the Waterloo Region.

OPINION: Heritage homes, what’s the benefit?

Many may argue that keeping these houses in pristine condition is the only way to maintain our local heritage. But that is simply not true. Instead of forcing homeowners to spend time and money on repairing these houses, why doesn’t the city invest in creating educational heritage spaces?